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'Infodemics': Forum on Information and Democracy names working group members

Jul 07, 2020 - 8:25 AM

The 17-member steering committee of the 'working group on infodemics' holds its first meeting to finalize a call for contributions on democratic guarantees in the online space

FORUM ON INFORMATION AND DEMOCRACY. Image from https://informationdemocracy.org

Democracy books disappear from Hong Kong libraries

Jul 04, 2020 - 8:46 PM

Among the authors whose titles are no longer available are Joshua Wong, one of the city's most prominent young activists, and Tanya Chan, a well known pro-democracy lawmaker

Hong Kong - 27 May 2020: Pro-democracy Demosisto Party member Joshua Wong talks to media during an interview in front of the Central Government Complex on 27 May 2020 in Hong Kong, China . Shutterstock.com

Chinese lawmakers discuss Hong Kong security law ahead of expected vote

Jun 28, 2020 - 8:32 PM

The Communist Party leadership says the national security law is needed to end political unrest after the city was rocked by months of pro-democracy protests last year,

Activists hold a candlelit remembrance after crossing downed barricades into Victoria Park in Hong Kong on June 4, 2020, after the annual vigil that traditionally takes place in the park to mark the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown was banned on public health grounds because of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by Anthony WALLACE / AFP)

Democracy under threat during pandemic, global leaders warn

Jun 25, 2020 - 3:24 PM

'Democracy is under threat, and people who care about it must summon the will, the discipline, and the solidarity to defend it,' says the open letter signed by political and civil society leaders, Nobel laureates and rights groups

Madeleine Albright, actor Richard Gere and Nobel Peace Prize laureates Shirin Ebadi, Lech Walesa and Jose Ramos-Horta

Forum on Information and Democracy launches working group to fight 'information chaos'

Jun 24, 2020 - 8:15 PM

The working group's steering committee will be co-chaired by Maria Ressa, CEO of Rappler, and Marietje Schaake, international policy director at the Stanford Cyber Policy Center

FIGHTING INFORMATION CHAOS. Photo of Marietje Schaake by Sebastiaan ter Burg on Wikimedia Commons.

How U.S. disinformation threatens Black Lives Matter

Jun 21, 2020 - 5:57 PM

Disinformation experts say campaigns from far-right white supremacist conspiracy groups threaten US anti-racism protests

PROTEST. A man speaks into a bull-horn in front of the Wendy's restaurant set ablaze overnight on June 14, 2020 in Atlanta, Georgia. Rayshard Brooks, 27, was shot and killed yesterday by police in a struggle following a field sobriety test at the Wendy's. Photo by Dustin Chambers/Getty Images for Coda Story.

[PODCAST] Delikado ang epekto sa demokrasya ng Maria Ressa verdict

Jun 20, 2020 - 12:25 PM

Hindi lamang mga mamamahayag ang maaapektuhan ng hatol kay Rappler CEO Maria Ressa at dating researcher-writer Reynaldo Santos Jr

Judge Montesa 'failed to understand how journalism works'

Jun 15, 2020 - 9:02 PM

The Consortium on Democracy and Disinformation blasts the verdict against Rappler CEO Maria Ressa and former researcher-writer Reynaldo Santos Jr, saying it puts everyone online in peril

'IGNORANCE.' Rappler CEO and executive editor Maria at the Manila Trial Court on June 15, 2020, attends the promulgation for the cyber libel case filed by businessman Wilfredo Keng. Photo by Dante Diosina Jr/Rappler

Forum on the cyber libel verdict against Maria Ressa, Rappler

Jun 15, 2020 - 7:50 AM

(UPDATED) The Manila Regional Trial Court Branch 46 is scheduled to hand down its verdict on Rappler, its CEO Maria Ressa, and former researcher-writer Reynaldo Santos Jr in the high profile cyber libel case on Monday, June 15

[EDITORIAL] 'Terror bill' ang veerus na papatay sa kalayaan

Jun 08, 2020 - 12:26 PM

Ang anti-terrorism bill ay 'palaruan ng mga demonyo,' isang 'prelude to hell' sa ilalim ng isang despotiko

[ANALYSIS] Pandemic and the new authoritarianism

Jun 04, 2020 - 11:26 AM

Far-right nationalism and authoritarianism ride on economic and social exclusion to stoke anger and heighten fear – political currencies for their electoral victories

[OPINION] HK today, PH tomorrow: They are coming for us

Jun 03, 2020 - 4:02 PM

'It behooves the Filipino people to stand for Hong Kong and to fight for our own freedom.... We must fight to preserve...the priceless opportunity to live as free men and women in our own land, and not slaves to some foreign power.'

Riot police chase Hong Kong Mother's Day protesters

May 10, 2020 - 9:48 PM

At least 3 arrests are made while groups of officers conducted multiple stop and searches

Attack on all: Media groups show solidarity with ABS-CBN following closure order

May 05, 2020 - 10:22 PM

'The move is clearly a case of political harassment against a pillar of Philippine democracy that employs thousands of Filipinos whose livelihoods are now at risk with the order'

The staff of ABS-CBN watch as President and CEO Carlo Katigbak makes a statement on the broadcast network shutdown by the National Telecommunication Commission on May 5, 2020. Photo courtesy of Alcuin Papa

How Beijing is reigniting Hong Kong's protests

Apr 30, 2020 - 11:18 AM

The pro-democracy camp wants to stop a bill that criminalizes disrespecting China's national anthem

PROTEST. A pro-democracy protester (L) holds up a placard as he and others (top) observe social distancing measures while gathered in groups of 4 or less at a shopping mall during a ‘Lunch With You’ rally in Hong Kong on April 29, 2020. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

[OPINION | NEWSPOINT] The news media and the virus

Apr 11, 2020 - 11:57 AM

A mere hour of free broadcasting taken away and one solitary person prevented speaking his mind may not seem much of a loss by quantitative reckoning, but democratic freedoms are not reckoned in those terms

Rappler Talk: Timothy Snyder on tyranny, truth and democracy

Apr 03, 2020 - 2:19 PM

In this interview with Rappler’s Maria Ressa, Snyder talks about the interesting political patterns he’s observed in his study of history, and what this might mean for the future of democracies

1st Thailand pro-democracy march since 2014 coup

Mar 13, 2020 - 10:31 PM

Discontent with the administration of ex-army chief Prayut Chan-O-Cha is seething, with a progressive opposition party disbanded and the country's economy faltering

PROTEST. A man holds a sign that reads, 'We are tired of Prayut, stop the 2017 constitution' during a demonstration calling for the creation of a new constitution in Bangkok on March 13, 2020. Photo by Romeo Gacad/AFP

[EDITORIAL] Nasa DNA natin ang EDSA People Power

Feb 24, 2020 - 12:04 PM

When the protector becomes the predator, where do you run?

[HIGHLIGHTS] Lawfare: Weaponizing the law vs democratic dissent

Feb 23, 2020 - 1:14 PM

Legal experts, civil society organizations, and sectoral groups gather in an international forum to talk about 'lawfare'

LAWFARE. Lawyers, students, civil society groups, and supporters gather in a forum tackling the implications of the misuse of lawfare and how to stand up against weaponizing the law to harass, persecute and eliminate political adversaries. Photo courtesy of International Lawfare Forum

Media and lawfare: Journalists 'woke up to a storm' under Duterte administration

Feb 22, 2020 - 6:14 PM

'2020 should be the time for action, and should be a time for reflection that leads to very concrete steps,' says Rappler managing editor Glenda Gloria

MEDIA AND LAWFARE. (L-R) John Nery, Rappler managing editor Glenda Gloria, photojournalist Raffy Lerma, and CEGP's Ryan Martinez at the breakout session on media and lawfare on February 21, 2020. Photo from TomasinoWeb Twitter page

‘Guns, drug lists, trolls…but Duterte's biggest weapon is the law’

Feb 21, 2020 - 7:43 PM

At a forum on lawfare at De La Salle University, former UP law dean Pacifico Agabin says the law 'is always double-bladed, it can be used for good and it can be used for evil'

WEAPONIZING THE LAW. In this file photo, President Rodrigo Duterte witnesses the program proper during the Philippine Air Force Change of Command ecremony at the Col. Jesus Villamor Air Base in Pasay City on January 16, 2020. Malacañang photo

[OPINION] The media is important for a vibrant democracy

Feb 20, 2020 - 4:23 PM

'By threatening to shut down the Philippine Daily Inquirer, Rappler, and ABS-CBN, Duterte is trying to discourage any discussions that do not fall in line with his views'

Rappler Talk: Weaponizing the law against democratic dissent

Feb 19, 2020 - 5:44 PM

We will talk to Antonio La Viña to understand 'lawfare' – the perversion of the law and its weaponization as a tool to silence dissent

Lawmakers reject 'stupid' proposal to regulate campaign spending, contributions

Feb 19, 2020 - 3:02 PM

Deputy Speaker Johnny Pimentel argues that it is 'restrictive' and 'unrealistic' for the state to regulate even the contributions given to candidates during the campaign

CHARTER CHANGE TALKS. The House constitutional amendments committee holds a hearing on February 19, 2020. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Petition vs ABS-CBN 'parasitic assault' on press freedom, says anti-disinformation network

Feb 11, 2020 - 6:51 PM

The Consortium on Democracy and Disinformation condemns the solicitor general's quo warranto petition before the Supreme Court

Dip in Hong Kong protests raises questions on movement's future

Jan 23, 2020 - 11:21 AM

'For those of us who have been fighting at the front lines, we feel we have not achieved anything,' says one frequent protestor

PROTEST. People are detained by police during a clearance operation after a demonstration against parallel trading in Sheung Shui in Hong Kong on January 5, 2020. Photo by Isaac Lawrence/AFP

[ANALYSIS] Hong Kong’s hangover for 2020

Jan 12, 2020 - 4:24 PM

The very fact that the protests are still ongoing suggests an acceptance by the populace. Yet, Carrie Lam and the Hong Kong government hold most of the cards in finding real practical solutions, much to Hongkongers' frustration


Dozens held after shopping protest at Hong Kong border town

Jan 05, 2020 - 7:26 PM

The marchers are protesting against parallel trading which sees thousands of mainlanders cross the border every day to bulk-buy goods such as infant formula to sell at a profit in China

Shinzo Abe tells Xi Jinping: Hong Kong should remain 'free and open'

Dec 23, 2019 - 10:05 PM

A Japanese spokesman says Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is 'very much concerned' about Hong Kong

CALL FOR RIGHTS. Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe delivers a policy speech at the start of the extraordinary Diet session in Tokyo on January 28, 2019.  Martin Bureau/AFP

Rappler Talk: Emily Lau on the future of Hong Kong's pro-democracy movement

Dec 03, 2019 - 2:00 PM

On Tuesday, December 3, Rappler editor-at-large Marites Vitug speaks with former Hong Kong politician Emily Lau to discuss how different the pro-democracy movement is now from before and how she sees the current protests ending

Rappler Talk: Arnold Chung on impact of Hong Kong's pro-democracy movement

Dec 02, 2019 - 2:00 PM

On Monday, December 2, Rappler editor-at-large Marites Vitug talks to activist Arnold Chung to discuss what Hong Kong's election results mean to the pro-democracy movement

China summons U.S. envoy, urges not to implement Hong Kong law

Nov 28, 2019 - 3:29 PM

(UPDATED) Chinese vice foreign minister Le Yucheng lodges a 'strong protest' with US Ambassador Terry Branstad after President Donald Trump signs the law supporting Hong Kong's pro-democracy movement

Chinese Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Le Yucheng attends the Universal Periodic Review of China before the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council on November 6, 2018 in Geneva. China's mass detainment of ethnic Uighurs and its crackdown on civil liberties will likely figure high on the agenda when countries meet at the UN in Geneva to review Beijing's rights record. Fabrice COFFRINI / AFP

Trump signs law supporting Hong Kong protesters

Nov 28, 2019 - 9:06 AM

The US president at first seemed reluctant to sign the bill, but with almost unanimous US congressional support for the measure, he has little political room to maneuver

FREE. Grafitti which reads 'Free HK' is seen on the ground at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University campus in the Hung Hom district of Hong Kong on November 27, 2019, over a week after police surrounded the building while protesters were still barricaded inside. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

China summons US ambassador over Hong Kong rights bill

Nov 26, 2019 - 10:40 AM

The legislation 'brazenly interferes in China's internal affairs,' says China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs

HONG KONG PROTEST. Demonstrators chant slogans as they attend a pro-democracy rally in a shopping mall in Yuen Long district of Hong Kong on November 21, 2019. Photo by  Philip Fong / AFP

Hong Kong elections showed 'great spirit', says dissident artist

Nov 26, 2019 - 12:49 AM

'I think that great spirit was shown.... That's how powerful democracy is,' says Badiucao, an Australia-based Chinese dissident artist

'Bulletproof' China-backed site attacks Hong Kong democracy activists

Nov 01, 2019 - 4:09 PM

From high-profile activists to journalists and lawmakers, about 200 people seen as supporting Hong Kong's protest movement have been 'doxxed' – had their personal details posted online – by the site HK Leaks

MASKED PROTEST. A man holds a flag that reads 'Liberate Hong Kong Revolution of our times' in the Lan Kwai Fong area during Halloween in Hong Kong on October 31, 2019. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

Consortium on Democracy and Disinformation calls for research proposals

Oct 28, 2019 - 3:18 PM

The research proposal cost can range from P50,000 to P100,000, for projects on understanding disinformation and the solutions offered in relation to democracy

When the High Court looks for compromises

Oct 16, 2019 - 11:16 PM

Are we in a better place?

Supreme Court of the Philippines in Padre Faura on June 19, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

U.S. House passes Hong Kong 'Democracy Act'

Oct 16, 2019 - 10:59 AM

The act now moves to a similar vote in the Senate before it can become law

BEFORE CONGRESS. Joshua Wong (L), secretary-general of Hong Kong's Demosisto party and leader of the "Umbrella Movement" and Denise Ho, pro-Democracy activist and Cantopop singer testify before the Congressional-Executive Commission on China about the pro-democracy movement in Hong Kong, on September 17, 2019 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Olivier Douliery / AFP

Pepe the protest frog? Hong Kong kids aren't alt-right

Oct 05, 2019 - 12:22 PM

Pepe the Frog's embrace by Hong Kongers is the latest bizarre twist in the fate of a cartoon character who went from relative internet obscurity to international notoriety

A woman wears a “Pepe the Frog" headband during a pro-democracy protest in Hong Kong on September 30, 2019. Millions have hit the streets during nearly four months of pro-democracy protests, and hardcore activists have repeatedly clashed with police, in the biggest challenge to China's rule since the city's handover from Britain in 1997. Mohd RASFAN / AFP

'We fear Hong Kong will become just another Chinese city': An interview with Martin Lee

Oct 05, 2019 - 9:00 AM

'We’re proving that Beijing’s power is not invincible or inevitable. We’re demonstrating that failure is not falling down but refusing to stand up,' says Martin Lee, affectionately known as the 'grandfather of Hong Kong democracy'

'GRANDFATHER OF HONG KONG DEMOCRACY'. Barrister and former lawmaker Martin Lee speaks following a silent march against what lawyers and members of the election committee's legal sector claim is political persecution by the Secretary for Justice, while demanding an independent inquiry into the anti-extradition law crisis, in Hong Kong on August 7, 2019. Photo by Philip Fong/AFP

[OPINION] The role of America's social media platforms in the battle for truth

Sep 30, 2019 - 6:00 PM

‘This is an existential moment in time, where, if we don’t take the right steps forward, democracy as we know it is dead’

FIGHTING THE GOOD FIGHT. Maria Ressa at the Global Investigative Journalism Conference in Hamburg 25. Photo from GIJC Facebook by Nick Jaussi/nickjaussi.com

[OPINION] Martial law 'a tool to save democracy'? A response to Panelo's claims

Sep 29, 2019 - 10:20 PM

The more I read Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo's statements, the more they come off as insults to the victims and survivors of Martial Law. Panelo justifies both the butcher and his knife.

#2030NOW: Disinformation interventions beyond literacy

Sep 24, 2019 - 5:52 PM

The problem of disinformation requires solutions that look at the root of what makes people susceptible to them in the first place

SGS 2019 Digital huddle. September 21, 2019.

IBP president: We have more democratic space now

Sep 23, 2019 - 9:07 PM

'With technology and the reality that we have more democratic space, the less afraid we should be,' says IBP national president Domingo Egon Cayosa

IBP PRESIDENT. Domingo "Egon" Cayosa is the national president of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines. Photo by Rappler

Sedition case vs Robredo, opposition figures part of Duterte's 'authoritarian experiment' – De Lima

Aug 25, 2019 - 5:43 PM

Detained Senator Leila de Lima believes the sedition case filed by the administration against Vice President Leni Robredo and her allies is 'a cog in [the] game plan to silence' democratic opposition

Senator Leila De Lima is seen after attend a hearing at the Muntinlupa Regional Trial Court in Muntinlupa City on 9 August 2019.  Photo by: Lito Borras/Rappler

[OPINION] Political dynasties: Impossibility of democracy

Aug 24, 2019 - 7:00 PM

The oligarchy that we have refuses to abolish itself through Congress that it controls through its political dynasties, rendering it continually impossible for democracy in our country

Rival Hong Kong democracy and pro-China rallies in Canada

Aug 18, 2019 - 7:01 PM

Demonstrators from both camps square off in front of a metro station in the western city of Vancouver, home to a large Chinese community, with the crowds separated by police

Outraged Hong Kong civil servants voice rare dissent

Aug 01, 2019 - 9:46 AM

Multiple open letters have been signed by hundreds of anonymous Hong Kong civil servants in the past week condemning the administration of city leader Carrie Lam and the police

Protesters gather outside Kwai Chung police station in support of protesters detained with the charge of rioting during recent clashes in Hong Kong on July 30, 2019.  ISAAC LAWRENCE / AFP